The Boulder Genealogical Society is here to help you with your family history no matter where you are researching. We also contribute to the greater genealogical community through local history research.

Society meetings are free and open to the public
on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm
at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community
350 Ponca Place, Boulder

We meet in the 4th floor Assembly Room. To reach this room, enter through the Ponca Place lobby and sign in at the table. Take the elevator at the back of the lobby up to the 4th floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left (south). The Assembly Room will be on your left.

Note: Frasier Meadows is in the midst of a major building project and your usual parking place may not be available. Plan to arrive early to find a spot. Consider carpooling.

“What will I do with my genealogy stuff?” – BGS Member Share @ Frasier Meadows Retirement Community - 4th Floor Assembly Room
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm

One of the persistent issues genealogists face is the long-term preservation of decades worth of research and accumulated materials.  Family members may show little interest in maintaining genealogical research or even family heirlooms, and museums may not consider such material suitable for their holdings.  Risks to this material, even under normal conditions, are extensive.  Family keepsakes and printed documents or photographs can be damaged through normal degeneration, improper storage, accidents, or natural disaster.  Preservation of digital information is complicated by continuing file format and operating system changes, as well as the failure of physical media.  The preceding list is by no means comprehensive.  For many of us, solutions to these issues can languish as other work (or, procrastination . . .) continues.

On 5 February BGS is organizing a share session in which members have been invited to describe efforts to preserve their genealogy research and family treasures.  Members will discuss the types of information and artifacts they possess, how the material is organized, as well as their preservation plans and dilemmas.


The Basics of Using DNA in Genealogy: What DNA Can Tell You and What It Can NOT Tell You @ Meadows Branch Library
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dorothy Coltrin will present the following topics: 1) Purpose of a DNA Test, 2) Chemistry and Biology of DNA, 3) Use of Y-chromosome for your surname, 4) Use of autosomal (at) for connections to cousins, 5) Use of mitochondrial (mt) DNA for connection to your mother’s line, 6) Description of various companies offering DNA analysis,  7) Use of third-party GED Match, 8) Importance of paper research.  She will give examples from her own DNA work and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Classes are free. To save your seat and receive a handout, please register:

“Which Henry Stauffer was Nancy’s Father?” by Karlene Ferguson, CG @ Frasier Meadows Retirement Community - 4th Floor Assembly Room
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm


Nancy Stauffer and her five siblings were found in different foster families in two different Indiana counties. This case study identifies her parents and probable grandparents. The most difficult task was to find her father in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where there were many Stauffer families and several Henry Stauffers.


Karlene Ferguson, CG, is a board-certified genealogist. She had two careers, college student personnel work and public human resources administration, before she retired and became interested in family research. She loves doing research and writing her results. Nancy Stauffer has been a special project for over 10 years.